Art is the Flower. Life is the Green Leaf. Let every artist strive to make his flower a beautiful living thing, something that will convince the world that there may be, there are, things more precious, more beautiful - more lasting than life itself.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh is Scotland’s most celebrated architect and designer of the 20th century. 2018 is the 150th anniversary of his birth so come and celebrate his work and legacy across Glasgow, where he left a beautiful and lasting mark on the city. Come and admire his work for yourself.
It was clear from an early age that Charles Rennie Mackintosh was bursting with talent. Born in Glasgow, he had a flair for drawing and design, and as a young man he embarked on his illustrious career with an architectural apprenticeship and evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art. He won several awards for his work, including the prestigious Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship, which took him on an architectural tour of Italy.
The Glasgow Style
The Glasgow School of Art became the centre of an art movement in Scotland, and quickly earned its stellar reputation for architecture, art and design. The ‘Glasgow Style’ was created by Mackintosh and his contemporaries - Herbert MacNair and two sisters, Margaret and Frances MacDonald. They met as students during the 1890s and became known as ‘the Four’ exhibiting their work across the world.
From exquisite pieces of furniture in museums to a graceful building in a city park, these simple and stylish Art Nouveau designs became iconic and can still be seen all around Glasgow.